Elections have been known to turn on the slip of a tongue. Few presidential candidates have had a tongue as slippery as Donald Trump. He may have already sewn up the championship for loosest tongue ever long ago. But Trump’s dig at Hillary Clinton last week claiming that the only thing she had going for her was that she was a woman:
Toward the end of a news conference that capped off Donald Trump’s dominant Tuesday night, the self-proclaimed presumptive Republican presidential nominee uncorked a sexist and self-contradictory argument against Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
Asked by a reporter about an earlier remark he made about Clinton playing “the women’s card,” Trump said, “Well, I think the only card she has is the women’s card — she’s got nothing else going.”
“And frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get five percent of the vote,” Trump continued. “The only thing she’s got going is the women’s card, and the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her, okay, and look how well I did with women tonight.”
Trump’s mouth has previously let it be known that Latinos were not welcome in his party, nor were blacks. He has done little to hide his disdain for women before especially with his statement that when (under his administration) abortion were illegal, women would be the only ones to be punished. But the statement against Hillary hit a new low for any political party.
Provided Trump is the Republican nominee – and it is looking like he can’t be stopped – his mouth should make it hard for anyone up and down the ticket to wear the label “Republican” without also garnering the baggage Trump has already put on that label.
Truth be known, Donald Trump’s biggest problem is that he is saying out loud what many Republicans have been saying in whispers for years. So the baggage is truly deserved.
Trump’s disparagement of Clinton has also being used as another great opportunity to point up how women are often treated as second class citizens in this country.
According to reports, the Clinton campaign has begun issuing “woman cards” to donors. Nothing like turning a gaffe by your opponent into a very positive campaign buzz and money generator for your campaign. Also nothing like having your opponent tell half the voting public that he doesn’t want their vote early in the campaign.